President Trump has named Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic the Acting Chair of EEOC. Lipnic has served as an EEOC Commissioner since 2010 and she was also unanimously confirmed in 2015 by the senate to serve her second term as Commissioner ending July 1, 2020.
Prior to coming to EEOC, she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards. In that role, she oversaw the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and the Office of Labor Management Standards. Under her tenure, the Wage and Hour Division revised regulations regarding overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, reissued regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued new guidance and regulations for evaluating compensation discrimination.
As evident from her current and prior roles, Lipnic has a breadth of knowledge and expertise working with the federal labor and employment laws. She was one of the speakers at the NILG Conference last year as an EEOC Commissioner. In her speech, she openly expressed her thoughts on the EEO-1 report revisions with the added pay component. She found the added component (i.e. reporting W2 earnings and total hours worked) in the EEO-1 report to be unnecessarily burdensome for contractors.
A native of Carrolltown, Penn., where her late father was a teacher and long-serving mayor, Lipnic earned a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Allegheny College and a J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law. To see the full press release, click here.
By Vinaya Sakpal, HR Analyst, DCI Consulting Group